Prosecution of state leaders and the crime of aggression: a critical conversation

International Lecture Series 2018

5 December 2018

Date:

5 December 2018

Time:

18:00-18:30: Registration and refreshments
18:30-20.00: Panel discussion
20.00 onward: Drinks

Venue:

Kingsley Napley LLP, Knights Quarter, 14 St John's Lane, London EC1M 4AJ

Speaker(s):

  • Dr Kate Grady is a Senior Lecturer in Law at SOAS University of London. She will introduce the new offence and examine how it might have worked in the past and how it might work in practice in future (if at all).
  • Professor Kevin Jon Heller is Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Amsterdam and Visiting Professor of Criminal Law at SOAS. He will speak about the trial of Saddam Hussein and examine whether the new crime of aggression under the jurisdiction of the ICC will stand up to scrutiny in future. 
  • Jonathan Grimes, Partner at Kingsley Napley LLP will chair the session.
     

Relevant for:

Lawyers and other professionals with an interest in international criminal law.

Specialist Area:

International Crime and Extradition

Cost:

There is no cost for attending but registration is required to attend and places are subject to availability.

Registration:

Please click HERE  or use the RSVP button to request a place. Places are subject to availability.

From 17 July 2018, the International Criminal Court has had jurisdiction to prosecute state leaders responsible for aggressive war. This lecture will look back at how state leaders have (or have not) faced justice for international crimes, and examine the impact that the activation of the ICC’s jurisdiction over the crime of aggression will have on the prosecution of state leaders going forward. 

SPEAKERS 

  • Dr Kate Grady is a Senior Lecturer in Law at SOAS University of London. She will introduce the new offence and examine how it might have worked in the past and how it might work in practice in future (if at all).

    Kate researches military law, drawing on domestic and international criminal law, the law of armed conflict, international peace and security, and critical legal theories. Her research currently falls into two main strands: one focusing on the legal and political aspects of misconduct by United Nations peacekeepers, and the other on UK military forces, particularly in relation to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kate is a member of the Policy Advisory Group of the United Nations Association UK and of the Sexual Violence and Peacekeeping Network at the University of Reading. Prior to becoming an academic, Kate practised at the bar specialising in criminal defence and human rights cases and was a lawyer at the Law Commission of England and Wales.
     
  • Professor Kevin Jon Heller is Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Amsterdam and Visiting Professor of Criminal Law at SOAS. He will speak about the trial of Saddam Hussein and examine whether the new crime of aggression under the jurisdiction of the ICC will stand up to scrutiny in future.

    Kevin has been involved in the International Criminal Court’s negotiations over the crime of aggression, served as Human Rights Watch’s external legal advisor on the trial of Saddam Hussein, and served from December 2008 until February 2011 as one of Radovan Karadzic's formally-appointed legal associates.
     
  • Jonathan Grimes, Partner at Kingsley Napley LLP will chair the session.

    Jonathan represented Colonel Kumar Lama, a Colonel in the Nepalese army on charges of torture, following his arrest in the UK. Jonathan provides advice and representation in respect of war crimes and related allegations, including universal jurisdiction matters - allegations which can be investigated and prosecuted in the UK even if neither the alleged offence nor those involved have any connection with the UK. He is the immediate past Co-Chair and Advisory Board Member of the IBA War Crimes Committee.

Please click HERE  or use the RSVP button to request a place. Places are subject to availability.

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